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January 31,  6:30 PM – 7:45 PM Pacific Time

Advising any youth about life altering decisions alone is difficult to do. Even more complex is how to advise youth who are struggling with their personal identity amidst a non-supportive community. This webinar provides information for those who are searching to support LGBT+ youth by learning of the many trials LGBT+ youth may go through, the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual support a youth may need, and by attaining valuable resources for the youth, the advisor, and their congregations.

The presenter, Samantha Loganis a transgendered young adult from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne. She is an activist for the LGBT+ community and does weekly video blogs on her personal YouTube channels devoted to answering questions for transgendered youth and those who wish to know about transgendered people. Samantha also spends time speaking to youth at YRUU gatherings, youth cons and  at colleges about the importance of understanding others to foster inclusivity and peace in local communities leading to a better conversation nationally.

Online Registration: Each webinar is $15. This webinar is especially for religious educators and youth advisors. Please join in with your learning team for one connection fee of $15.Webinars that have low enrollment 48 hours in advance of the webinar may be cancelled, so please register early. Please don’t let the fee stop you from participating. Email Lori Ragona at lragona@uua.org if you are in need of a fee waiver for this webinar.

 

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January 15, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Pacific Time

In this final session in the Beloved Community Series,  themes from earlier sessions  are used to inform a covenant-based model of small group justice ministries. The presenters will share what some congregations are using to build a learning community of practice for their justice ministries.

Online Registration: Each webinar is $15. Your congregational team may view this webinar together for one connection fee of $15. Webinars that have low enrollment 48 hours in advance of the webinar may be cancelled, so please register early. Please don’t let the fee stop you from participating. Email Lori Ragona at lragona@uua.org if you are in need of a fee waiver for this webinar.

If you missed the preceding webinar sessions of Beloved Community, you may view them online by following the links on the PWR Webinar page.

 

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As bullying, homelessness, and suicide rates for transgender, queer, gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth skyrocket, support from liberal religious communities can be the difference between life and death. This webinar will bring together a panel of leaders from UU congregations making a difference for queer and trans youth—from sponsoring regular social gatherings to starting a staffed resource center. Hear their stories, find out about the ministry they are providing, and ask questions about how your congregation can get involved in this vital issue.

Alex Kapitan from the UUA’s LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Administrator in the office of LGBTQ Ministries, facilitates this final webinar of a three-part series designed to help you re-engage your congregation’s welcome and learn new ways to extend the circle of love and inclusion. Attendance by congregational teams may be counted toward UUA recognition as a Welcoming Congregation or official renewal of Welcoming Congregation status.

Continue your congregation’s Welcoming Congregation Journey with “Queer and Transgender Youth Ministry” Tuesday, December 18, 7 – 8:15 PM Pacific time/ 8- 9:15 Mountain time.

Online Registration: Each webinar is $15. Your congregational team may view this webinar together for one connection fee of $15. Webinars that have low enrollment 48 hours in advance of the webinar may be cancelled, so please register early. Please don’t let the fee stop you from participating. For those that need no fee or a reduced fee in order to participate, please make a request to Lori Ragona at lragona@uua.org and Lori will be sure to get you into the training.

 

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Relationships among individuals in any group are complex because of differences in social location, organizational role, personal charisma and inner strength. Beloved Community does not assume we obliterate these differences but that we act with awareness of how power in its many forms builds or destroys authenticity, connection and inclusion. “Navigating Rank in the Beloved Community” is the third in the Beloved Community Series with presenters Rev. Deborah Holder and Meck Groot

Join the Beloved Community conversation with your congregation’s team on Thursday, December 13 at 7- 8:15 pm Pacific time/ 8-9:15 Mountain time. 

Online Registration: Each webinar is $15. A group may view this webinar together for one connection fee of $15. Webinars that have low enrollment 48 hours in advance of the webinar may be cancelled, so please register early. Please don’t let the fee stop you from participating. Email Lori Ragona at lragona@uua.org if you are in need of a fee waiver for this webinar.

If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the first two, feel free to watch the recorded versions by following these links. For best results, use Internet Explorer or Safari as your browser.

Congregationally Based Justice Ministry
Webinar Recording. (Recorded Live on Oct 18, 2012)

Beloved Community Practices
Webinar Recording. (Recorded Live on Nov 13, 2012) 

 

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The UUA website has a new resource page on Web Conferencing Providers for congregations wishing to use web conferencing technology when you aren’t able to get everyone together in person.

The UUA Information Technology Services endorses AnyMeeting for web conferences. This allows meetings and workshops to be conducted online, and allows people who can’t attend worship or congregational events in person to participate online. An online attendee needs only a computer with high speed Internet and a telephone.

You can have a free account if you’re ok with ads appearing on everyone’s screen during the meeting. Or you can purchase a month-to-month subscription for an ad-free account. If you purchase a month-to-month subscription, you can get a 10% discount by using coupon code “UUA” when you complete the payment section. Go to AnyMeeting for UUA Community Members for the discounted options.

Depending on the account you choose, up to 25 or 200 people can join your conference. Up to six webcams can be visible at one time, people can raise their virtual hands, and you can record the meeting audio and screen sharing. You may also like the ability to conduct quick polls and easily send follow-up emails to your attendees.

UUA Tech Services has also created a Support Community for those who intend to host meetings using AnyMeeting technology for ongoing support. Take two minutes to subscribe to the UUA ChurchMgmtSoftware email list where you can ask a question, search for an answer, or give someone else a hand. The hope is this will become a self-supporting community of congregational technology users.

In the Pacific Western Region we have been using AnyMeeting for our webinars as well as meetings for over a year now. If you think using this technology would be a benefit for your congregation, feel free to email the PWR Training and Communication Specialist, Lori Ragona, for assistance: lragona@uua.org.  She’s quite happy to ‘show you around’ a live AnyMeeting session and help you get set up to use these services.

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Register now to save seats for your congregation for this Committee on Ministry day of learning. Janine Larsen, District Executive, along with the Healthy Congregations team will facilitate this day for COM, Ministers and Boards.

The team will offer new choices for COM structure and function as well as many practical skills such as managing polarities respectfully, decoding family systems at church, setting up healthy norms and sanctions. The role of the Board and Minister in the COM’s work will also be explored.

Come for a day packed with resources on October 13 from 9 am – 4 pmWest Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Portland, Oregon will be hosting this event.

The fee structure for sending congregational teams is different from past years:
- Fair Share Congregation Program Fee $150
- Non-Fair Share Congregation Program Fee $185

(Click here to see if yours is a Fair Share Honor Congregation.)

The Program Fee includes lunch for your congregational team of five or fewer. Add $10 for each additional team member.

Board President or designee, register online for your congregational team by October 3. (Space may be limited.)

Download flyer for full details. For questions contact the Training and Communications Specialist, Lori Ragona: lragona@uua.org, 425-272-5443.

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Register now to hold a seat in this two-part webinar on Polarity Management, Wednesday October 3 and 10 at 7 pm Pacific Time/ 8 pm Mountain Time. Revolutionize your capacity for critical thinking, creative problem solving, and organizational leadership. When your congregation finds itself in power struggles over opposing views, both sides see themselves as right – and the other side as wrong. Polarity management is a tool to get un-stuck and engage the situation more fully and effectively.

Facilitator Rev. Marian Stewart is beginning her 5th year as minister at Northlake UU Church in Kirkland, WA. She combines her love of ministry with an entrepreneurial and activist spirit. She believes Polarity Management gives a workable structure to understand and manage issues that impede growth.

Online registration is $15 per connection. You are encouraged to participate in a webinar with your congregational team by sharing just one paid registration connection. You may do this via a large computer screen, or a projected screen and a conference call phone. For questions, email the Pacific Western Region Training Coordinator Lori Ragona at training@pnwd.org.

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Two new Pacific Western Region webinar series for those in Youth Ministries begin soon!

 

Good News in Youth Ministry is open to curious religious educators and advisors. This series explores our calling to spiritual wholeness alongside the youth in our congregations. What does youth ministry look like beyond youth group? What does your own spiritual maturity have to do with it? How do spiritually healthy partnerships between youth and adults work? Explore these ideas with Jennica Davis, Youth Ministries Specialist, and DRE Dana Regan, and prepare to take the good news back to your congregations!

  • Wednesday, September 19: Web of Youth Ministry
    We’ll explore Youth Ministry beyond youth group and working towards Full Community where youth feel the congregation is their spiritual home.
  • Thursday, October 11: Spiritual Maturity and Healthy Differentiation
    Developing Spirituality for Advisors, Sponsors and Teachers of Youth is critical to Youth Ministry. A workshop designed to encourage adults who work with youth to reflect on their own spiritual maturity: what are their beliefs and where do those beliefs come from? How do your beliefs help the youth you work with? Participants will also discuss their ability to work within their belief system while remaining in a positive relationship with those who are on a different path. What are some ways adults who work with youth do this?
  • Wednesday, November 14: Youth/Adult Partnerships
    We will look at reinventing “empowerment” to mean that youth and adults are traveling on a spiritual journey together. Spiritual partnerships depend on healthy boundaries, clear expectations and a shared vision.

Youth Ministry Coaching: A monthly Question and Answer coaching session for advisors and religious educators with guest speakers on relevant issues in youth ministry. These sessions will begin on September 26 at 6:30 pm Pacific Time / 7:30 Mountain time. For the full list of coaching dates see the Fall/Winter 2012 Webinar Offerings.

Online registration is $15 per connection. You are encouraged to participate in a webinar with your congregational team by sharing just one paid registration connection. You may do this via a large computer screen, or a projected screen and a conference call phone.For questions, email the Pacific Western Region Training Coordinator Lori Ragona at training@pnwd.org.

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Come learn how you can help your congregation emphasize the connection between spiritual stewardship and mission through the Forward Through The Ages (FORTH) program. FORTH is a social networking program to help congregations grow a year-round culture of spiritual generosity. FORTH encourages a community of congregational leaders to create and share a diverse library of free web-based materials. This training will provide information on how other congregations have launched year-round stewardship programs as part of their ministry. The day will be a mixture of presentation, participation, and discussion.

Join Stewardship Consultant Kay Crider on October 20 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem in Oregon.

The fee structure for sending congregational teams is different from past years:
- Fair Share Congregation Program Fee $150
- Non-Fair Share Congregation Program Fee $185

(Click here to see if yours is a Fair Share Honor Congregation.)

The Program Fee includes lunch for your congregational team of five or fewer. Add $10 for each additional team member.

Board President or designee, register online for your congregational team by October 10. (Space may be limited.)

Download flyer for full details. For questions contact the Training and Communications Specialist, Lori Ragona: lragona@uua.org, 425-272-5443.

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Have you always wanted to start a campus ministry but weren’t sure where to start? Do you wonder how you can encourage others in the congregation to support a campus ministry? Join Rev. Tera Little to learn how to start and sustain a vibrant campus ministry.

Rev. Tera Little serves the UUA as Field Staff for the Pacific Southwest District. She has been a supporter of campus ministry for 15 years, and she sees this as a crucial ministry for our congregations to engage in.

The Sustaining a Campus Ministry webinar is on September 13 at 10 AM PSTOnline registration is $15 per connection. For questions, email the PNWD Training Coordinator Lori Ragona at training@pnwd.org.

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